CD Transport Drive Unit (1989-90)
In the P-500 CD Drive Unit, the laser pickup drive system uses a newly developed floating suspension which completely isolates it from internal resonance, external vibrations and any influence of external sound pressure, so it can read the digital signals from the microscopic pits with high precision and extreme stability.
The 3-beam linear-tracking laser pickup was newly developed to have the lightest possible weight and excellent rigidity. Together with the newly developed disc damping system using a large turntable, it gives the drive an extremely precise pit tracing ability.
The P-500 has the ideal anti resonance, heavy weight dual construction chassis. As the shaved aluminium front panel is combined rigidly with the thick chassis, the overall construction is solid and has superior non resonating characteristics.
Moreover, since the P-500 CD Drive Unit does not incorporate the D/A converter section, it offers extra rigidity; vibrations and mechanical oscillations from the player cannot interfere with the operation of the D/A converter.
Disc format: CD
Digital converter: Transport
CD Mechanism: KSS-151A
Digital outputs: coaxial, optical
Dimensions: 225 x 137.5 x 400mm
Accessories: RC-342 remote control
Price: GBP £649 (1991)
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